DAVID ROCKEFELLER (June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017) was an
American banker and the chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation.
He was the youngest child of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich
Rockefeller and a grandson of John D. Rockefeller and Laura Spelman
Rockefeller. He was noted for his political connections and his foreign
travel. Rockefeller’s fortune was
estimated at $3.3 billion when he died in March 2017.
Rockefeller enlisted in the U.S. Army and entered Officer Candidate School in 1943. He was promoted to Captain in 1945. During World War II, he served in North Africa and France for military intelligence setting up political and economic intelligence units. For seven months, he also served as an assistant military attaché at the American Embassy in Paris.
While Chairman of Chase Bank in 1970, Rockefeller became embroiled in an international incident when he and Henry Kissinger, along with John McCloy and Rockefeller aides, persuaded President Jimmy Carter to admit the Shah of Iran into the United States for hospital treatment. The action directly contributed to the Iran hostage crisis and placed Rockefeller under intense media scrutiny for the first time in his public life. Rockefeller was also criticized for cutting business deals with oil-rich dictators, Soviet party bosses and Chinese perpetrators of the Cultural Revolution.
Offering a very interesting single-page ALS, 5 x 8, n.d., n.p., to Bertha, possibly a personal assistant, regarding his personal book collection. He writes, “These books were in the closet of my library. They are in bad condition but they belong to sets we have. Please ask Mr. Govey how much it would cost to repair these to the point where they could go back with the set. D.R.”
Provenance Denis Govey, who did book binding for Rockefeller.
Light toning. Else excellent.
Everything we sell is guaranteed authentic forever to the original buyer. We also offer a 30-day return policy. If you discover a problem or are dissatisfied with an item, please contact us immediately. Our goal is to please every customer. We are pleased to be members of The Manuscript Society, Universal Autograph Collectors Club, The Ephemera Society and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers. [NAS 146]